It’s an eye-opening look back in time, when vast stretches of mountain vistas weren’t marked with strings of powerlines, and dense evergreen forests were just beginning to bud.
The Mountain Legacy Project, an interdisciplinary research team based in the Visualization Lab at the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, has been returning to the exact same spots where geological survey images were taken over 100 years ago in hopes to document and track changes. The collection of images now reaches into the thousands.
The Project’s extensive archive of images shows changes in water levels, forest density, glacial depth and human encroachment on the environment.
The project’s goal is to investigate landscape ecology, ecological restoration, and social perspectives on the mountainous landscapes of western Canada through repeat photography and archival research. Check out the database here, but be prepared to lose hours of your day.
You might also like:
PLAYING WITH MATCHES: PIECING TOGETHER THE GEOLOGICAL PUZZLE OF THE SEA-TO-SKY CORRIDOR
Standing atop the Malamute, a granitic whale breaching beside Highway 99 opposite the Stawamus Chief, Quest University geologist Steve Quane hectors our magnifying-lens-wielding group through a series of simple observations. First, we evaluate the Chief—its height, sheer face, overhangs and domed flanks; its colour, streaking, and conspicuous dike cutting top-to-bottom through the entire formation… Read more